What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

What I’ve been reading lately: the new and the notable

Welcome to Quick Lit, where we share short and sweet reviews of what we’ve been reading lately.

This month, in addition to piles of forthcoming titles I’m not quite ready to talk about yet (Summer Reading Guide—you get it!), I read a nonfiction book I’ve been meaning to read but afraid of, a literary novel I was excited about, a lighthearted escapist read, a book my daughter said I had to read, and a What Should I Read Next guest recommendation. (You know, the usual.)

Series: Quick Lit April 2017
My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel

My Not So Perfect Life: A Novel

Author:
I saw Sophie Kinsella's latest on a recent list to top-rated audiobooks and snatched it up as a palate cleanser. (Overall: 4.4. Performance: 4.7. It doesn't get better than that.) If you're looking for Serious Literature, keep moving, but for a light-hearted escapist read, Kinsella nails it. This one combines PR, family dynamics, instagram, and glamping (really!). I read ("read"?) it in three days. More info →
The Case Against Sugar

The Case Against Sugar

Author:
This book is seriously messing me. This is Taubes' sweeping indictment of sugar and the industry behind it: he lays out the book like a legal argument and whoa, is it persuasive. It's true that after reading this, I'm a little paranoid and cranky about what's in my food and especially about what my kids are eating. But it's a worthwhile and timely read. Just be prepared to make some nutritional changes when you're done reading. If you're anything like me, you won't be able to stop yourself. More info →
The Futures

The Futures

Author:
There was so much I loved about this story about a young couple who moves to NYC just before the financial meltdown of 2008. Let's start with the cover. And the tone was pitch perfect. (If Pitoniak writes another book, I'll read it.) But the plot REALLY stumbled for the last third of the book: I can't say more without dropping serious spoilers, but I sure would love to rant about it at book club together. More info →
Short

Short

I read this much-anticipated new release from the author of Counting by 7s at the urging of my 9-year-old. (More about that here.) It's the story of a (much) smaller-than-average girl who comes into her own a bit when she's cast as a Munchkin in a summer performance of The Wizard of Oz, and it's really good. If you ever read middle grade, give it a try. More info →
The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

The Sound of Gravel: A Memoir

Author:
Laura Tremaine talked me into this one on Episode 68 of What Should I Read Next. Imagine Angela's Ashes, but instead of poverty and alcoholism in Ireland you have polygamy and child abuse in Utah. In this coming-of-age memoir, Wariner describes her childhood as the thirty-ninth of her father's forty-two children. This was absorbing and heartbreaking. (I thought this was very well done, but t's worth mentioning that it won't be on my favorites list anytime soon.) More info →

What have YOU been reading lately? Link up your post below, or tell us all about it in comments!

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53 comments

  1. Tasya says:

    Woah, all of the books sound amazing. I’m especially interested in My Not So Perfect Life, the Case Against Sugar and the Futures. I’ve been reading a lot lately and I just finished Alex, Approximately. It’s so cute and perfect for summer, but there are some things that I can’t get behind.

  2. Ooh I just reserved the Sound of Gravel from the library. I love “saved from a cult” as a genre.

    I’ve also read Taubes book, but I was already sugar-free when I read it and convinced of the evils of sugar. I stopped eating sugar in December of 2015 and it made a big difference for me. I finally overcame my hypoglycemia and sugar cravings. My bowels act better too. And I effortlessly lost weight and puffiness.

    Here’s my list of reads: http://carriewillard.com/recent-reads-8/
    Just 3 books last month, mostly because I’m doing Ruth Soukup’s Elite Blog Academy course and it’s using up all my brain power at the moment!

  3. Jennifer N. says:

    I finished Under the Dome by Stephen King, which I thoroughly enjoyed. As is typical of King screen adaptations, it is much better than the show.

    I also read a Big Little Life by Dean Koontz. I enjoyed this one, but was looking for a bit more emotion. And now I want a Golden Retriever!

    Right now I’m blowing through The Shadow of the Wind. It took about 40 pages to pick up for me bit now it’s flying by. I have A Piece of the World waiting for me from the library so I also have a bit of a deadline.

  4. Grace says:

    Oh I just finished The Futures and now I’m about to start My (Not So) Perfect Life! I totally agree about the Futures and the last part of the book. I was super into it, reading it all the time, and then it sort of lost me.

  5. Leslie says:

    I could not finish The Sound of Gravel. I tried, but it was just too upsetting. I sincerely hope the author felt some closure or therapy through writing it, and I hope it helps future readers in the same way.

    I just finished All Quiet on the Western Front and have moved on to Huckleberry Finn. I’m trying to finish up some books I started last year.

  6. D says:

    I don’t have a blog, but I have read a few good things lately:
    -Into Thin Air by Jon Krackower, which was very good. Now I feel like a climbing expert even though I have never climbed more than the occasional recreational wall.
    -Brida by Paulo Coelho, picked up because I so enjoyed The Alchemist. I did not know how prolific Coelho is.
    -At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, very much enjoyed the audio on this.
    -Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, which my whole family enjoyed to my great surprise and pleasure (some scenes are gory/violent in a “that’s nature” kind of way, but it did not seem to bother my kids, ages 6+). We borrowed this from the library but will own a copy soon.

  7. Tara says:

    I love Sophie Kinsella’s work, and always look forward to her new releases; this was no exception! I’m so thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it, as well.

  8. The Case Against Sugar is one that I’m afraid to read. I have a serious sweet tooth (and consider ice cream my 5th food group…) so I know real tears will be shed if I ever pick it up. That being said, I really need to read it. Maybe one day, when my children are older and I no longer *need* that naptime chocolate. 🙂

  9. Just requested the sugar book and the gravel book. I’ve been reading Woman Code and it definitely has me thinking. Planning your month around your cycles in order to maximize productiveness, perfect your cyle, supercharge your sex charge, and increase fertility (if you want). So thought provoking! I also read a great book called Seasons of Waiting that is probably going on my favorites list for 2017!

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